Faux: Area rugs
Hong Kong-based Faux specialises in textiles and home accessories created by local artists and designers. Its collection of area rugs is handwoven by craftsmen in India, Nepal and China, and can be custom designed or ordered in different sizes to suit specific room dimensions.
Two of its contributing artists are Mariko Jesse and Simon Birch. Jesse, a lecturer at London’s Central St. Martins who lives between Hong Kong, London and Tokyo, designed a pink peony silk rug that was hand woven in India.
Birch, a multimedia artist and former resident of Hong Kong, created an abstract piece in silk and wood also hand knotted in India.
Fort Street Studio: Shield Blue
Founded in Hong Kong by American artists, Fort Street Studio’s wife and husband team of Janis Provisor and Brad Davis concentrate on painterly designs that push the boundaries of what can be accomplished through hand knotted luxury rugs.
Shield Blue, one of the latest additions to its line of wool carpets embellished with cultivated silk, was conceived by Davis while on a creative retreat in Ubud. He was captivated by the Balinese tradition of decorative arts and motifs derived from local vegetation. Shield’s complexity recalls weathered wood carvings, with its shiny areas worn by use alongside rough patches, resulting in a tapestry of delightful intricacy.
Created by Danish designer Margrethe Odgaard for Muuto, PLY is an understated rug that references traditional Scandinavian weaving techniques.
Its neutral tones make it ideal as a background for calming interiors, with finishing tassels reminiscent of rugs that are passed down through generations. It is available in five carefully curated colour combinations and three sizes in New Zealand wool.
“A unique broken twill structure enhances the vibrant and almost three dimensional zigzag pattern, creating a perfect balance of the calm and the conspicuous,” Odgaard says.
“PLY is a new take on the classic weft faced rug, transporting the roots of our Scandinavian culture into the future.”
Tai Ping Carpets: BLOOM
American floral artist Jeff Leatham collaborates with Hong Kong-founded Tai Ping Carpets on BLOOM, a collection of 14 handmade wool and silk rugs launched in January.
Working with handmade textiles for the first time, he played with multiple organic forms in solid, liquid and vapour, putting his own stamp upon how water intersects with nature’s colour spectrum. The results are visceral gradations of colours through different piles, knots and yarns.
“I wanted to achieve a harmony of colour and shape with this collection with a result that wasn’t just something to look at or walk on – to me, there’s a romanticism and modernity to BLOOM,” he says.